Man Utd close in on striker agreement as selling club pave way for Pogba deal

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Manchester United’s pursuit of Mario Mandzukic could be back on after the player seemingly had a change of heart over wage demands.

The experienced striker has not played a single minute for Juventus this season under new manager Maurizio Sarri, and with United struggling for goals, there has been a great deal of speculation linking him with a move to Old Trafford in January.

Juventus’ minimum price for the attacker would surely be no problem for United, who opted not to sign a replacement for either Romelu Lukaku or Alexis Sanchez this summer after shipping the duo off to Inter Milan.

However, with only Marcus Rashford reaching five goals for the Red Devils so far this season, Tuttomercatoweb report that they have decided to resume their efforts to sign Mandzukic.


The Italian source claims that a deal has nearly been reached for the 33-year-old after he decided to reduce his wage demands, which would have been the only stumbling block – especially with Mandzukic weighing up a more lucrative financial offer to play in Qatar.

TMW continue to say that United are also interested in Mandzukic’s teammate Blaise Matuidi for their midfield, but Juventus would rather give them Emre Can – as both parties begin to mull over a return to Turin for Paul Pogba.

With the United star valued at €100m and more inclined to return to Serie A than join Real Madrid, Juventus are looking to insert Mandzukic and Can into the operation to lower the cost.